How do you spend your free time and money?
We value + plan for the abundance of both free time + “extra” money.
What I mean by that is this: We rarely ever have an unaccounted for block of time or dollar. We assign almost every minute + dollar a job — and this has helped us live a fulfilling, productive life as a young family of entrepreneurs.
We have set routines that we call “pulses” that keep the beat in our lives. Much like how your body needs a pulse to get oxygen to the rest of the vital organs, we need our “pulse” routines to make sure all important parts of our life are breathing well.
During the week, we have a pulse for every day. We know what we’re doing from wake-up to bedtime, including what we’re eating + wearing. I share more details about “pulses” in this post.
Weekends are spent as intentionally as the rest of the week. At the time of writing this, Saturdays are our unplugged family days. We disconnect all technology and get outside with the dogs. Family walks on the beach, swimming in our pool, cooking a comfort dinner that’s usually more messy to prepare (because we have the time to clean it up together) with ingredients we pick up at a local farmer’s market, reading, napping and play-meditation with the baby, and journaling with some self-guided development courses.
We’re never surprised by a surplus of money. That sounds stuck-up, but stick around for the answer.
I believe that we are 100% accountable for the circumstances in our lives. Every. Single. Thing. I am not surprised when a random check appears in the mailbox because I show up everyday and do my best work, with my best attitude, in my best body, with the best people and tools I can.
I don’t skimp on the investment, and so the investment doesn’t skimp on me.
I hate that I feel I have to add in the typical Internet disclaimer here, but here it goes: YES, we have off-days. We have had overwhelmingly bad times that we’re still finding the words around so that we can share the experiences with you here on this blog soon. There are major negative events in our lives that we’re both in therapy for to this day. But that’s the thing — We’re on a constant, obsessive pursuit of living our best lives and doing the work.
So, we’re not surprised when we’re rewarded financially. In fact, it’s a happy visual confirmation that we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.
If you’re not profiting or sitting with a nice chunk of savings, there’s something misaligned.
If you are profiting or financially comfortable, you likely have a plan for how to use those incoming dollars.
Most of our profits/savings are rolled into other business ventures because we find it fun. And we’re good at it.
Creating a Sustainable Life We Love
Before we started our personal businesses, Kevin and I ran a sports charity for children with autism. We put a lot of our extra personal time and money into that endeavor + learned so much along the way. Charity will always be a big way we choose to spend our “free” time + money.
Next, I love residential real estate investing equally as much as I love being an OrganicMommyCEO. Right now, we are beginning the remodel of our 1950s ranch fixer-upper into an expanded single-story New England farmhouse with bonus loft. You can follow along on Instagram for the behind-the-scenes. 🏡 🔨
Now, with a 2-year-old and a baby on the way, our financial priorities are shifting to make sure the kids have the best home life and education possible. That means saying no to some money making opportunities to prioritize being at home with them, and saying yes to other high-value work because it’s the best return on investment for our family right now.
You can read about our financial recommendations for your home life in this post here. Keep in mind, if you can’t manage your household finances well, then you won’t be able to do that in a business.
Starting a business or investing, even as a “hobby”, requires some serious financial confidence + commitment from the home side of things. There are no shortcuts to a wealth of free time or money + apart from having separate checking accounts, there’s not much actual separation from home + work as an entrepreneur.
Time + energy is just as much of a currency when you own your own business.
All of my coaching content is available + upcoming on the blog, Facebook + Instagram, but if you’re interested now + don’t want to wait, set up a 30-minute call with me + I’ll send you my Jumpstart Guide to a Life of Health + Wealth.